Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna circuit is noted as one of the most beautiful locations for trekking in Nepal. It will put you forth lavish landscapes and cultures from the northern Buddhist sanctuaries to the Gurung and Thakali people. Trekking in Nepal will be incomplete without venturing into the Annapurna circuit trek. You move through the subtropical lower Marshyangdi valley before going around the circuit.
Altitude is gained and acclimatization happens as one easily trails through the suspension bridges, the rice terraces and the forests. Pisang, a remote area that lies in rain shadow around Annapurna, arrives then, with splendid, snowy and glaciated peaks of Annapurna II, III and IV. The Thorong La Pass wait amidst huge glacial moraines and pillars etched by wind erosion. Now Muktinath is not far away, followed by Jomsom. If you really wish for trekking in Nepal, Annapurna Circuit simply promises loads of thrills.
- Day 1 : Kathmandu 1350m.
- Day 2 : Kathmandu to Beshisahar 760m.
- Day 3 : Besishahar to Chame 2670m.
- Day 4 : Chame to Pisang 3300m.
- Day 5 : Pisang to Manang 3540m.
- Day 6 : Manang rest and acclimatisation day. 3540m.
- Day 7 : Manang to Yak Kharka 4050m.
- Day 8 : Yak Kharka to High camp 4925m.
- Day 9 : High Camp to Muktinath 3760m.
- Day 10 : Muktinath to Marpha 2670m.
- Day 11 : Marpha to Kalopani 2530m.
- Day 12 : Kalopani to Tatopani 1190m.
- Day 13 : Tatopani to Chitre 2390m.
- Day 14 : Chitre to Gorepani 2860m.
- Day 15 : Ghorepani to TikehDhunga 1540m.
- Day 16 : Tikhe Dhunga to Nayapul via Birethanti and drive to Pokhara 850m.
- Day 17 : Drive back to Kathmandu 1350m.
- Day 18 : Kathmandu 1350m.
- Day 19 : Fly back to Home.
- All the transport by private vehicle as per itinerary.
- Accommodation in three star hotels with breakfast as per itinerary.
- Accommodation in tea house runs by local people during trek.
- Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trek.
- Experience license holder trekking guide and porter.
- Accommodation, food, salary, insurance and transportation to the staffs
- Group medical supplies.
- All necessary paper and trekking permits
- Kathmandu / Pokhara / Kathmandu transport by Tourist coach.
- Nepal entry visa fee
- International air fare
- Travelers insurance (Compulsory)
- Cold drinks, mineral water, lunch and dinner as per itinerary.
- Tip to staffs.
- All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strike etc.
Day 1 Kathmandu 1350m.
Lhasso Adventure’s representative will pick you up from Tribhuvan International Airport on your arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal and transport you to our hotel. You will have some down time to rest, have showers and eat. This evening you will meet our guides for a thorough briefing over our Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary.
Day 2 Kathmandu to Beshisahar 760m.
Drive to Beshishar by jeep, it will be six hour drive along the Trishuli and Marsyandi river. Beshisahar is a small town and trade center for the surrounding villages.
Day 3 Besishahar to Chame 2670m.
It is local jeep journey to Chame, which might take four hours. You will not be driving on black top road but the road which is bumpy and shaky but views left and right on the way are gorgeous along the Annapurna II. Chame is the headquarter of the Manang district.
Day 4 Chame to Pisang 3300m.
Today we will be ascending to DhukurPokhari via Bhrathang and then easy pretty flat walk to Pisang. One can see Pisang pick along the way closely, it is one of the popular trekking place in western part of Nepal. Here, we will walk for five hours.
Day 5 Pisang to Manang 3540m.
The initial part of hike Pisang to Manang is pretty flat, however there is forty-five minutes ascending walk before Hunde. There is an airport where during the high season regular morning flights to the Pokhara takes off from. Manang is a traditional village where you can see Thakali and Gurung cultures and altitude animals like yaks too.
Day 6 Manang rest and acclimatisation day. 3540m.
Explore around the village, walk to the north side of reach and see the stunning mountain view. This is the best way to get acclimatized your body in the altitude.
Day 7 Manang to Yak Kharka 4050m.
It takes four hours walk to reach the destination. The meaning of Yak Kharka is pastures for the yaks. You pass through traditional houses, made up of stones rather than wood in a very innovative way. You reach Yak kharkha before lunch.
Day 8 Yak Kharka to High camp 4925m.
High camp is a small place of busy arrangement to treat trekkers. After crossing the river and ascending through the trail, we will reach Thorong Phedi. Then we will be ascending vertically for couple of hours to reach the High camp. You may feel lightly altitude but will be able to enjoy spectacular views.
Day 9 High Camp to Muktinath 3760m.
Today the trail gradually ascends to the Thorongla pass (5416m). This pass is marked by the Buddhist colorful praying flags. As you reach on the top you can have thrilling views of snowcapped mountains, other side Mustang valley and Thorongla Peak. After passing through Thorolong La Pass, you will be descending to Muktinath where landscape and culture are totally different. As you reach Muktinath, you will be able to see a temple and a monastery; inside the monastery you see natural flaming, very popular among both Hindus and Buddhists.
Day 10 Muktinath to Marpha 2670m.
The day starts with descending to the Marpha via Kagabeni; the main gate way to explore Upper Mustang. The trekkers have to get especial permit to enter Upper Mustang. After reaching Jomsom, you will have an option either one can terminate hike and take a short flight to Pokhara or continue trek all the way down. Walk an hour along the Kali-Gandaki gorge to reach Marpha.
Day 11 Marpha to Kalopani 2530m.
Meaning of Kalapani is Black Water which greets us at descend and passing through Tukuche, a significant trading village at a time. Most of the time, we will follow the road which is dusty where vehicles will be running.
Day 12 Kalopani to Tatopani 1190m.
Another descend, takes us to the flagstone-paved streets village of Lele. This is followed by the Kali Gandaki gorge and the last remnants of Tibetan influence in the valley. Way to the Tatopani passes through the Ghasa and Dana villages. If you reach early get in to the natural hot pool, which will reduce your body pain and get relaxed.
Day 13 Tatopani to Chitre 2390m.
A fork in the trail from Tatopani takes us away from the Kali Gandaki Gorge and towards the Gar Khola River. Large terraces for rice production appear on the horizon.
Day 14 Chitre to Gorepani 2860m.
We will climb numerous steps from Chitre to see the blue roofed houses of Ghorepani above us, which has a strong Tibetan influence, and you will be able to purchase jewelries crafts made by locals. There is something challenging about the steps, which you will discover there. One of the tourist attraction place with comfortable tea house and stunning views of mountain.
Day 15 Ghorepani to TikehDhunga 1540m.
Approximately an hour hike early in the morning to Poon Hill which offers a thrilling view of the Himalayas, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Annapurna South and Annpurna I. Your camera will love the snowcapped peaks. Then return back to hotel and descend to TikheDhunga via Nnangethati, Banthati and Urleri.
Day 16 Tikhe Dhunga to Nayapul via Birethanti and drive to Pokhara 850m.
The trail descends along the rivers through Hile and Birethanti Village to Nayapul via the suspension bridges. After lunch, drive to Pokhara.
Day 17 Drive back to Kathmandu 1350m.
The journey begins after breakfast to Kathmandu which takes about seven hours by Tourist bus.
Day 18 Kathmandu 1350m.
Today is your rest and relaxation day. You may enjoy the day leisurely relaxing at the hotel or walk around the tourist markets of Thamel to catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any landmarks we missed during our first day in Kathmandu.
To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening.
Day 19 Fly back to Home.
Today is the final day of your Annapurna Circuit Trek. Our shuttle driver will come to your hotel 3 hours before your flight departure and deliver you to Tribhuvan International Airport. If you are remaining in Nepal, please let us know. We will be delighted to arrange extra activities for you in Nepal.
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- Trip Code : #Annapurna1
- Trip Grade : Hard
- Max Altitude : 5416m.
- Min Altitude : 760m.
- Activities: Trekking
- No of Trip Days: 19
- Group Size : 2-14
- Walking Per Day : 5-8 Hours
- Trek/Tour style : Tea house
- Accomodation: Hotel and Lodge
- Best Season : September-December / March-May
- Entry : Beshisahar
- Exit : Nayapul